The Golf Channel has introduced The Relaxed Rules of Golf to the game! The idea behind relaxed rules of golf is to make the game more fun for those already playing (and not at an elite level) and to also make the game less intimidating for those learning to play. Golf rules should continue to be used for any type of Competitive play. But when it’s a match among friends, relaxed rules can make the game easier, faster and more fun. These simply are common sense practices for avid amateurs, and it’s how the majority of the game is already played.
Maximum Score - Double par
Penalties - All are one stroke, including out of bounds, water and lateral hazards, lost ball and unplayable lie. Drop a ball near where the original was lost and play on.
Search Time - Two minutes to look for your ball. If lost, proceed under penalties rule.
Unfortunate Lies - With your playing partners' consent, balls may be dropped out of divots or footprints, away from tree roots and any other dangerous lies.
Conceded Putts - Putts may be conceded with your playing partners' consent.
Equipment - No restrictions, including number of clubs.
Common Sense - When in doubt, use common sense and fairness.